Ballymalis Castle

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Ballymalis Castle
Native name
Irish: Caisleán Bhéal Átha Málais
Castles of Munster, Ballymalis, Kerry - - 1392738.jpg
Typetower house
LocationBallymalis, Beaufort,
County Kerry, Ireland
Coordinates52°05′04″N 9°41′33″W / 52.084527°N 9.692390°W / 52.084527; -9.692390Coordinates: 52°05′04″N 9°41′33″W / 52.084527°N 9.692390°W / 52.084527; -9.692390
Builtearly 16th century
Official nameBallymalis Castle
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Ballymalis Castle is located in Ireland
Ballymalis Castle
Location of Ballymalis Castle in Ireland

Ballymalis Castle is a tower house and National Monument located in County Kerry, Ireland.[1][2]


Ballymalis Castle is located 4.3 km (2.7 mi) northwest of Beaufort, on the north bank of the River Laune, near its confluence with the River Gaddagh. The Ring of Kerry runs to the north.[3][4][5]


This castle was built in the early 16th century by the Ó Muircheartaigh (O'Moriartys).[6] It later passed to the Ó Fearghuis (Ferrises), who renovated it in the late 16th century. In 1677 the manor was confiscated by the Crown and granted to Francis Brewster,[7] who granted it to the Eager (Eagar) family.[8][9]


This is a tower house, partially restored. It is rectangular, with four storeys and an attic, with bartizans in the southwest and northeast corners. Also featured are slopstones, a machicolation, chimneys, fireplaces and decorated windows with mullions and transoms. Some of the alure (wall-walk) survives.[10]


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